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Hauptmann's Waiver Opens Roster Spot

The Buccaneers have waived offensive linemen Caylin Hauptmann, who joined the team on Wednesday…The roster vacancy will likely be filled before practice resumes on Monday.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann on Saturday, ending the second-year player's brief tenure with the team. Hauptmann had signed with the Buccaneers on Wednesday after previous NFL stops in Cleveland, Seattle and New England.

Buccaneer players will have Sunday off, giving the team's personnel department extra time to fill the new opening on the 90-man roster before practice resumes on Monday. With guards J.R. Sweezy and Caleb Benenoch still sidelined by injury, the team could look to replace Hauptmann with another linemen in order to address that depth issue.

Hauptmann, who played his college football at Florida International, entered the NFL with the Browns in 2013 and later won Super Bowl rings with Seattle in his rookie season and New England in 2014. He has not appeared in a regular-season game, however.

The Bucs have made relatively few changes to their 90-man roster since the start of training camp practices nine days ago. Hauptmann, offensive lineman Joel Hale, cornerback Daniel Davie and defensive end Martin Ifedi have been added in the interim; cornerback Joel Ross and quarterback Dan LeFevour have been waived and defensive end George Johnson has been placed on injured reserve.

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